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The daughter of the couple of the century (Caedmon and Rowena from the Golden Key Chronicles) is at wit's end trying to figure out what her nightmares mean on top of trying to prove to everyone that just b/c she's a woman doesn't mean she needs to take up needlepoint and drop babies. Oh no, she's a fighter like her mother, and she wants to make it to the Gauntlet, like her mother. Trained by her cousin, Vaighn, it seems he's not letting her progress forward. But when her parents' backs are turned, he gives Faedrah and opportunity to sneak through the veil via the mirror in the armoire that will take her to her mother's realm.
It's in this realm (modern day) where she meets artist Rhys McEleod. He's been dreaming of Faedrah since age 10, and has been painting her almost as long, right down to the golden key that's been passed from her mother to her. So when he sees her in person, he can't believe his eyes - or the fact that she's no pushover! Of course he's a horn ball that just has to have her. Now I get your fantasy woman coming true and all, but WHAT is up with Rhys treating Faedrah like she's "more perfect" b/c she's a virgin, just b/c he's not run across it before, that she's better than a woman who's sure of her sexuality. Like there's something wrong with women who "aren't pure"? He's hell bent on being the first and owning her only b/c she still has a skin tag. SHE is supposed to be from the medieval ages - not him! I do NOT dig on alpha males, so this was not a turn on for me. "Virginity is nothing more than the difference between ignorance and experience" (Voltaire). He lives in the year 2014, and yet he still acts like a woman should STILL be valued by what is, or isn't, between her legs. He even makes a point of thinking he wants to own her and not letting any other man touch her before him...that is a very misogynistic way of thinking. It really did make me angry that he thought like this. I do understand how he came from a crappy home with a jerk of a father, but one's upbringing should hold no weight in a woman's experience. If you like that she is the opposite of your horrible life, fine. But if that's the case, then the one thing you should not be doing is trying to get her. I mean it's one thing to want a woman, but can we be more tactful and respectful about it please? Not to mention he's bothered b/c he thought he was left out of a conversation between Faedrah and her uncles. Come on, Rhys get over yourself. Family will always have their own conversations.
I like my women kick ass and sassy, like Faedrah was in the beginning. She held her own sparring with her cousin Vaighn, and her main goal was to prove to her kingdom and court that she should hold the throne - that her being a woman should not be relevant. She also wants to be the 2nd woman ever to fight in the Gauntlet (her mother being the first). I thought based on her feisty and non submissive attitude she was going to be a "mini me" version of Rowena, but she fell a little short of that. I get she's innocent and all (particularly in a new realm and/or time period), but that shouldn't make her any less assertive. When she meets Rhys she's angry at seeing her portrait everywhere and literally holds her own in a fight, but way too soon does she let her guard, and the walls around her,down. She went with him to his place at the first sign of danger, and that's not the daughter I would have expected Rowena to raise.
However I may not like Rhys, Faedrah does, and the two get close. Perhaps too close too fast, but close nonetheless. So much so that Faedrah convinces Rhys to try to patch things up with his father. Little does Faedrah know WHO his father actually is...
I gave this a 4 because I love the world that Nuest has created. I've read TGKC, so I know the two worlds and the back and forth that has occurred between Rowena and Caedmon. I love the fight that Rowena has even until this day. And I LOVE that after 20 + years of marriage, Ro and Caedmon still get it on every day, trust each other implicitly, and have no secrets between them - that's a real relationship!
I've seen that Faedrah isn't a weak woman, and I'm interested in seeing how she'll progress! It also ends on a major cliffhanger so I kinda don't have a choice in seeing what happens ;)
Faedrah is the daughter of Rowena and Caedmon who are the Queen and King at this point in time. Faedrah is having nightmares about Gaelleon an evil wizard and she decides she must go into the future to confront him. She arrives in the future at the home of her two "uncles" who have a painting of her. She insists that she must meet the painter. She meets Rhys the next day and their story begins.
I was absolutely thrilled with this story. Ms Nuest is a story sorceress and excellent wordsmith. She weaves the story of Fardrah and Rhys while in the background the evil wizard is pulling the strings. This is a cliffhanger.
Rhys, living in 2014, a ainted dreams of the beautiful Warrior girl and paints her portrait all the time.
When Faedrath uses the key and the magic mirror, she finds herself in Ollie's house where she sees herself in a portrait. She goes to the gallery to meet the man who painted her. Rhys is spellbound when the woman of his dreams walks in. Faedrath isn't happy that Rhys seems to know so much about her. When Faedrath needs help, she goes to Rhys. The sparks fly between them.
This book has everything I love. Mystery, smokin hot romance and suspense. Although there is a cliffhanger "which I don't care for", I am hooked and can't wait to find out what happens next. Congratulations AJ Nuest. Just hurry and get the next book done
I enjoyed the first series of Caedmon (le sigh) and Rowena (one kickass heroine), but I'm not so sure I won't enjoy this series even more. The next installment will be out soon and I Can. Not. Wait. Go AJ Nuest with your fantasy worlds!!! With so much negativity around us, we need your kind of escapism...desire it, in fact.
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